COVID-19 Hardship Fund


COVID-19 Hardship Fund (CHF)


The COVID-19 Hardship Fund (CHF) was created by the UOSU to assist students who demonstrate urgent financial need. The CHF is a fund of last resort which provides short term financial help due to unexpected and emergent circumstances encountered by the applicant and its purpose is to help students get through unexpected events resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must 

  1. have been a member of the UOSU in the Winter 2020 semester (a part-time or full-time undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa who paid their UOSU levies);
  2. provide evidence of a situation of unexpected financial precarity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  3. provide evidence of being ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) OR the insufficiency of these benefits for their financial situation.

Students can get up to $1,000 of financial support through the CHF.

Please have these financial statements and information (receipts, tax documents, estimation etc.) available prior to applying:

  • Student loan, credit card loan, personal debts;
  • Your current financial assets (bank statement), monthly income;
  • Financial assistance you are currently having (support from family, CESB, CERB, government students loan, scholarships, etc.) 
  • Your expenses (grocery, medicine, rent, mental health counselling, etc.)
  • International students: information on your return home (if planned)

Attaching supporting documentation to the application form is optional, however, students submitting supporting documentation will have priority and their applications will be treated first. Students can only submit a maximum of 10 of the documents, of a maximum size of 10MB per document, in the following formats: Document, PDF, Image, spreadsheet.

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Application will open July 1st at 8:30am and close on July 14th at 11:59pm EST

For more clarifications, check out our terms of reference.

If you have any questions, please send your email to